American Red Cross hosts 2014 High School Conference
Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences to serve as sponsor
FARMINGTON, Conn. (September 25, 2014) — The American Red Cross will host its annual High School Conference on Friday, September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmington Blood Donation Center.
Each year, the Red Cross hosts a High School Conference to officially kick off the blood drive season for the new school year. Students from every high school in the state are invited to attend to learn how they can make their blood drives successful and to share ideas with other schools. This year, 164 students from 28 schools across the state with 30 advisors will attend.
“Approximately 20 percent of our blood donations come from high school and college blood drives,” said Jeff Meyer, CEO, Connecticut and Massachusetts Blood Services Region. “Providing education about the importance and the impact of blood donation to high school students is a top priority for the Red Cross.”
One local high school sponsors’ the conference each year and this year’s sponsor is Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences. As the conference sponsor, Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences students are responsible for developing the conference theme and educational skits for each workshop as well as welcoming all attendees to the conference. A successful host of student-run blood drives, Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences students will help to share their knowledge and tips for success with other schools across the state on how students can run engaging blood drives at their schools and in their communities.
“We are really excited to sponsor the 2014 High School Conference for the American Red Cross,” said Deborah Blazys, RN, administrator of nursing, Hartford Public High School, Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences. Our school community has really come together to develop all aspects of the conference. Students from all grade levels and abilities have been able to participate in the preparation for the conference.”
The annual High School Conference is closely tied to Bob’s Discount Furniture’s High School Heroes program. The High School Heroes program honors students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need. The program gives high school students throughout Connecticut the opportunity to compete with other schools during the 2014-2015 school year for a share of the quarter million dollars in scholarship money.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Stefanie Arcangelo, 860-308-4271 @RedCrossBloodCT